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Marijuana plants are seen Oct. 3, 2012, in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city's South Side. Authorities say more than 1,000 cannabis plants — some as tall as Christmas trees — were discovered during a helicopter operation. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** French President Nicolas Sarkozy (center) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) stop at a roast sausage fast food stand as they visit the Christmas market in Freiburg, Germany, on Dec. 10, 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** French President Nicolas Sarkozy (center) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) stop at a roast sausage fast food stand as they visit the Christmas market in Freiburg, Germany, on Dec. 10, 2010. (Associated Press)

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Christmas trees were for sale at the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to sign a bill into law that amends the state education code to allow schools to acknowledge Christmas without fear of a lawsuit. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to sign a bill into law that amends the state education code to allow schools to acknowledge Christmas without fear of a lawsuit. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Denard Span and his mother, Wanda Wilson, in a picture the Nationals outfielder posted to his Twitter account around Christmas.

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Department stores saw a gain of 1.0 percent on sales in January, likely helped by consumers redeeming gift cards they received at Christmas. Restaurants and car dealers, however, saw declines. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates Christmas midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25, 2008. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates Christmas midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25, 2008. (Associated Press)

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A congregation of 4,000 fill the main church as Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads the Solemn Mass of Christmas Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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An elephant holds a Christmas tree on Jan. 4, 2013, at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees. (Associated Press)

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An elephant holds a Christmas tree on Jan. 4, 2013, at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A Christmas wreath is displayed on the second-floor porch railing of a home adjacent to the fire-damaged zone in the Breezy Point section of the New York borough of Queens on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. More than 100 homes burned to the ground during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early on Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, as they visit memorials to shooting victims near the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early on Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, as they visit memorials to shooting victims near the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Christmas shoppers walk past a store at a mall in Salem, N.H., on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)